Yesterday, we reported how NATO allies, including a seemingly reluctant Joe Biden, agreed to seize the assets of Russian companies and ban Russia from the SWIFT banking system.
Nineteen European nations (so far) have closed their airspace to Russian airlines.
Nine more European nations moved to close their airspace to Russian planes on Sunday, adding to a growing list that leaves Russian airlines facing an almost complete airspace blockade to the country’s west.
France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands joined the UK, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland in closing their skies to Russian aircraft.
In an early-morning tweet, France’s Transportation Minister expressed their support for shutting down “its airspace to all Russian aircraft from this evening on.” He also gave a nod to Europe’s “total unity” against the aggressive invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
France is shutting its airspace to all Russian aircraft and airlines from this evening on. To the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europe responds with total unity.
— Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) February 27, 2022
As leaders of European nations and Canada make the tough decisions to increase sanctions on Putin over his invasion of Ukraine, our lead-from-behind “president” Joe Biden is in Delaware, ostensibly waiting to follow their lead.
CNN Pentagon Correspondent Oren Lieberman called the decision by Canada to shut down its airspace to Russia a “huge deal,” adding that it “also puts a measure of pressure on the US to do the same.”
This is a huge deal. Russia will inevitably retaliate and shut its airspace to Canada, which cuts off many of the great circle routes that go over the top of the world.
It also puts a measure of pressure on the US to do the same. https://t.co/icTCtUQKs9
— Oren Liebermann (@OrenCNN) February 27, 2022
Every day Americans are wondering why Joe hasn’t joined the other nations to shut down our airspace to Russia?
— CandyPaint (@candypaint246) February 27, 2022
Perhaps it’s because Delaware Joe prefers to lead from behind.